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Part-Time Princess

Book:       Part-Time Princess
Author:   Pamela DuMond
Genre:     New Adult – Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to keep her uncle at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to impersonate her to keep the attention of Crown Prince Cristoph of Fredonia while she completes her pressing personal business in the States.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady’ and she travels to Fredonia for ten days ‘tops.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Sexy, bad-boy Nick—Fredonia’s other Prince—that’s what goes wrong!

Nick has a romantic history with Elizabeth and he wants to pick up the between-the-sheets action with her impersonator—Lucy. Even though Lucy’s wildly attracted to him, she has to resist—she can’t lose this job! Dreamy Nick’s courting Lucy hot and heavy when Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do?

Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess when another glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her! Besides Nick, the only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)



Rating:

five-stars


Review:

When you suddenly start tearing up at the end of the book, you know it was worth the read. Man, this truly was a great romance, with just the right amount of humor in it not to bore me. And since I am so not a big fan of romance novels, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

This was a story with true heart, real friendships, hard choices and unconditional love… The writing is great and easy to read.

Now, Lucy, the main protagonist, was a wonderful and real person, whom you can see as a friend. She is loyal, fierce, true to herself, and incredibly kind. You’ll root for her, love her and even yell at her, but you’ll want the best outcome that will make her happy too. As a real friend should.

The romance in this book, well, let’s just say it is so worth it. I rooted for the perfect ‘happily ever after’ and almost thought she wouldn’t get it.

Nick, oh Nick. Tall, dark and handsome doesn’t even begin to describe this man.

Then there are Lucy’s ‘ladies’ – now this is true friendship at its core. Even when her world turned upside-down and inside-out, they stuck with her. Also, you’ll create a playlist after reading this book, of all your favorite golden oldies – which definitely gives more depth to the entire plot.

A must read if you want an enjoyable, fun read that will make you root for friendship and love…

Love Always,
C

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The Deception Dance

Book:       The Deception Dance
Author:   Rita Stradling
Genre:     Young Adult – Romantic Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

We stand there, screaming into each other’s faces.
How I hate him.
How I’ve loved him.
How I want him destroyed.
 

After a year of preparation, eighteen-year-old Raven Smith has planned out every detail of her summer vacation in Europe. Yet, while still en-route to Italy, Raven finds a letter in her carry-on suitcase that tells her not to go to Europe, that an “evil agent of Hell” is looking for her and he will find her if she disregards the letter’s message.

Deciding that it was a product of insanity, Raven chooses to disregard the letter’s message.

In her cross-Europe trip, Raven only wants to feed her love of art history and spend time with her older sister. She’s unprepared for Andras and his strange fascination with her, not to mention the all-consuming attraction she has for him. She’s definitely unprepared for Nicholas and his brothers Stephen, Albert, and Tobias, diverting all of her plans and sweeping her off to a Swedish Castle.

But the letter was right, the agent of Hell has found her and Raven have become a game-piece in a very dangerous game.



Rating:

four-stars


Review:

This was a good novel, not super great, but still very good. I would love to get my hands on the second book to find out where this is going. Now, the actual story…

First off, the cover doesn’t do this book justice at all – it definitely can be improved upon. There were some minor grammatical errors, but these do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The writing style was insanely good, I enjoyed every second. And there were these moments where I would just picture what the author wrote, and it’s priceless.

Like this one: “Heck, I like poison oak underwear more…”
Or: “I’m tied up, gagged, and about to be bludgeoned to death by a lawn ornament.”

I mean, that is definitely entertaining and will put a smile on anyone’s face. As for the romance, all I’m gonna say is – your in for one hell of a ride here. There is romance, and you might even root for the wrong guy in this one. Although, maybe not…

The plot was outstanding, there is a lot you wouldn’t pick up on, until later in the plot. This is a good thing, as it will keep you glued to your seat to find out exactly how this one ends. I practically inhaled the last half of this book, staying up way later than I should have, but it was worth every hour of sleep I missed out on.

Love Always,
C

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Moon Chosen

Book:       Moon Chosen
Author:   P.C. Cast
Genre:     Young Adult – Magical Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader of a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

Guys, I’ve heard a lot of things about this book. How it is slow paced and boring… But, I found it to be an easy, delightful read. The pacing might be slower than other books available now, but the journey and the world that was so carefully built in this book was intriguing to read about.

The writing style was great, as I know I enjoy PC’s writing – although there were some grammatical errors that I’ve picked up while reading this novel. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.

The plot itself was well thought out and beautiful. The scenery was painted in incredible detail, you’ll feel like you’re right there with the characters.

Speaking of the characters, Mari was the main female protagonist – a strong, independent and talented girl – with flaws, like any of us. She is relatable to a lot of us, with a protective mother and a need to prove she is what her mother wants her to be.

The male protagonist, well, you’ll probably fall in love. He is the typical good guy, just trying to fit in. He has an odd life and, while trying to make the best of the situations he is put in, he makes some mistakes too.

Overall, I cannot wait to see where this story goes. There is still a lot of this world that needs to be explored, and I’m sure PC Cast will not disappoint!

P.S. Cliffhanger ending, so if you hate those, wait for the next book to be released… Binge read them all!!

Love Always,
C

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Confessions of a Queen Bitch

Book:       Confessions of a Queen Bitch
Author:   Crista McHugh
Genre:     Young Adult – Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch. 

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways. 

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check. 
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check. 
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan. 

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.


Rating:

five-stars


Review:

Oh, my word!! I cannot remember the last time I started and finished a book in one day… This is not one of my usual genres to read, and yet, I loved and hung onto every word as I read. I could even ignore some of the small grammatical errors I found while reading, it was THAT good!!!

First off, the plot made me think of a mashup of The Duff and Mean Girls – it was certainly just as entertaining as those movies were. And the story itself, damn fun to read. It had me frustrated and giggling at the same time. If you root for the romance in stories, then you’re in for one heck of a ride, and you’ll crave more when this one is done, believe me on that….

The character growth is for sure there, and, as this series progresses, I certain there will be much more to come for this main protagonist. You’ll love to hate her and root for her in every way possible. Because every one of us had that Queen B*tch we hated in school, to be reminded of. This one is different though, I promise.

Romance wise, you’ll get the frustration there, and that is all I’m saying on that front. So, if you want to find out what I mean, read this book. And recommend it to anyone who loves quirky, fun, laugh-out-loud reads about high school life….

The writing style was extremely well thought out, and gives nothing away – well maybe some, but not nearly enough to be boring. I clung to Crista’s every word and couldn’t wait for the conclusion – which I didn’t get. And now I’m in need of the second installment asap!

Now, if only I can read more of this…. Please don’t stop writing Crista, I’m definitely a fan!

Love Always,
C

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Nerve Damage

Book:       Nerve Damage
Author:   J.L. Myers
Genre:     Adult – Psychological Thriller, Horror


Synopsis:

A fatal car crash. The sole survivor. And the dark hooded stranger that wants her dead.

When a terrible accident—not accident—stole my parents’ lives, my whole perfect life changed. My memories are hazy, and there are scars on my wrists. I’ve been locked away for my own protection…until I prove my sanity, until I lie. There was no hooded figure on the road that day, no one standing over me as I lay paralyzed watching my parents burn.

I am Cassidy Lockheart…20-year-old orphan.

Determined to free my caged mind, I find myself far away on an unexpected trip to help return my forgotten past. The snow was part of my life before, but now it’s like a blank slate, until an avalanche changes everything. But I’m not alone. These other ‘lucky’ trip winners may not be the strangers they pretend to be. And my hooded attacker…I see him everywhere.

Is this real? Or delusion caused by head trauma?

Either way, I’m being watched. I can sense it. I can feel it. Someone is after me; maybe they’re after us all. The avalanche was no accident. It was staged to deliver us to this abandoned place. A place where the walls whisper dark secrets of a sinister past… a past no one can escape. Trapped, this snow won’t let up…it won’t let us leave. My lost memories hold clues, but they’re buried so deep, polluted and twisted in my every waking nightmare. What is real? I don’t have the answers. But I need them. Time is ticking and if I don’t figure this all out soon it will be too late.

The past is coming for us all…and it wants blood.

Warning – This book contains some graphic scenes that are only for an adult audience.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

First off, this is not a book for teens at all. There are scenes depicted in this book that is graphic and can be terrifying for some readers. Bearing this in mind, the book was really worth the read. I was kept glued to my seat, wondering what will happen next.

Now, you need to ensure you keep up because there isn’t a single dull moment while reading this one. If you like books that test your ability to follow, then this is a definite must read. This can be seen as a murder mystery – you’ll be taking the journey through both the main victim and the murderer’s eyes. I couldn’t, at first, figure out who the murderer was at all. But it will become clear after a bit of investigating.

The writing was intense and strong. The more graphic scenes were well thought out and the author doesn’t dwell too long on these scenes, making them easier to read and digest.

The character growth, don’t know how to say it, was incredible. Not knowing for a large chunk of the book, who the ‘villain’ is – makes this all the more fun to read.

Love Always,
C

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Book:       The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author:   Ruth Frances Long
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction.

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

Oh my goodness… This book surprised me to no end. I got lost, rooted for the protagonist and her quest.

What made this so good was that the protagonist was not perfect, and got herself into so much trouble. It was insane… The story itself was well written and had so many layers, that you got knocked on your butt around every bend. The mythology woven into this plot was well thought out – and I love mythologies in stories.

There is some romance, but it is not an ‘insta-love’ thing at all. This happened slowly over the span of the book and was just so much more realistic.

If you love fairies and myths and all things odd and different, then I’d suggest you find and read this story asap. Ruth’s writing style is incredible and will keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole book.

Love Always,
C

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Song Walker – Starseed One

Book:       Song Walker
Series:     Starseed One
Author:   Ellis Logan
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

Will you fight to free your mind?  There’s a new world coming. One where your thoughts aren’t always your own. Callie Winters is just a regular party girl playing drums in a band, until a lunar eclipse awakens strange abilities in her and an ancient secret organization seeks her out. Who can she trust, in this dangerous new world? A war is brewing and no one will be safe. But maybe, the power of song can light the way to freedom.

Best-selling author Ellis Logan delves deep into the world of urban fantasy with her new psyops series, Starseeds.


Rating:

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Review:

Let me just start out by saying that, as soon as I can, I will be purchasing the next book in this series. I believe there is still so much to learn from this world, and that I will be surprised by more incredible plot-lines and character growth. And I cannot wait for it… at all!

Now the reason this is not a 5-star review, right?
It would have been, but there is this one part where so many characters were introduced one after the other, that it took me some real brain power to keep up with it all. Information was thrown at me so fast – headache fast. But when you get that all together, and you keep up as much as possible, the roller coaster ride is insanely good, fast-paced and wonderful.

I love the characters. They are flawed, they make mistakes and they grow. And you want them to grow.

The romance in this one is great, you root for it, wish for it, and believe in it. It doesn’t just happen. You even yell that it should have happened already, at one point or another…

This plot, this story is what will keep you coming back for more, and the writing style was superb.
Thank you, Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to immerse myself into your world, and I cannot wait to get to the next book…

Love Always,
C